Government of Canada Reviews

Updated August 3, 2015
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  1. A great career with great benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Important work that changes lives, and guarantees an unequaled level of benefits. A great pension that makes the old "freedom 55", more like "freedom 40"

    Cons

    In hot market areas of the country, pay seems low compared to peers. That said, salary. Is not total compensation!


  2. General Admin Clerk

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Administrative Clerk in Amherst, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - General Administrative Clerk in Amherst, NS (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A salary and great benifits. I like having the stability that is offered when working for the government of Canada. There is no worry involved when you are considering raising a family or needing regular amounts of time off.

    Cons

    I felt the training options were limited. It seemed like the training budget would need to be tripled in order to offer any training to anyone who was not at an already very educated position.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Ok place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many different positions to apply on for work.

    Cons

    Cutting benefits and pays less then in the private sector.

    Advice to Management

    People are promoted on who they know, not what they know.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Could be better.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Government of Canada full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good experience! Great pay, hours, benefits and environment. There is room to grow. The work isn't very hard. You also get to meet very interesting people.

    Cons

    Most people aren't properly trained. The job can become very stagnant. The work load is not evenly distributed among employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    great learning opportunities.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    work life balance can't be beat.

    Cons

    the politicization of public service is sickening.

    Advice to Management

    base decisions on evidence and merit.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Easy to become stagnant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing benefits - life insurance, medical, dental Excellent work-life balance Unionized Mostly friendly employees Excellent leave provisions - annual, volunteer, personal, family responsibility, leave without pay...

    Cons

    Hard to move around without knowing the right people Limited growth potential without bilingualism Cannot negotiate salary Some instability based on policies being enacted


  8. Good foundation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Nairobi (Kenya)
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Nairobi (Kenya)

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lovely starting ground for new graduates

    Cons

    French as a second language

    Advice to Management

    Promotions should be purely based on merit and not only job competitions.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Easy up 'til now.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Canada (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits ...way better than most of the private sector .. flex hours and work from home policies so you can do whatever you want whenever you want and still get paid.( i.e fight your way through COSTCO with hundreds of other public servants during the work day) Almost impossible to get fired once you're in. Unbelievable pension!

    Cons

    New core competency requirements that public servants need to show integrity and respect, think things through, work effectively with others and take initiative and be action-oriented are totally outrageous! Thank goodness the unions are taking the Government to court to fight these requirements!


  10. Great Place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Canada

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to grow, if you work hard.

    Cons

    Can be slow, the management is weak


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great place to start a career, move on after 2 years

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Government of Canada

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Its a unique government organization that provides excellent exposure to the prestigious private sector firms (law firms, consulting etc) as well as leading academics.

    Cons

    Its government and there is a lot of bureaucracy. Morale is almost always low because people get promoted based on relationships rather than merit. French language is a requirement to move into management which in my mind is ludicrous.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of French language requirement for senior positions. Provide career advancement opportunities. Promote people based on merit.



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